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Week of February 23, 2015

Information & Announcements

  • New Resource: CareerShift is LIVE at Chicago-Kent!
  • Chicago Bar Association YLS 2015 Law Student Shadow Program
  • 1L Cover Letter Workshop
  • Mandatory 1L Legal Resume Workshop
  • Lawcountability, J.D. iOS Mobile App Now Available for Download!
  • Resume Books Now Open!

On-Campus Interviewing

Programming

  • February 24: How to Succeed in Your Summer Job: Large Law Firm Panel
  • February 24: First Defense Legal Aid: Training for 711 Students
  • February 24: Access2Practice Externship Program Informational Meeting
  • February 24: CBA’s How To...Linkedln for Job Hunters
  • February 25: Twin Cities Diversity in Practice: Dinner at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba
  • February 25: CBA YLS February Social
  • February 26: Wild, Wild Horses: Equine Law and Welfare Panel
  • February 26: Free Webinar!  JDs in Debt: What Law Students Need to Know about Managing Student Loans & Earning Public Service Loan Forgiveness
  • February 26: LegalTech and Innovation Talks
  • March 2-6 Diversity Week
  • March 2: Diversity Week Reception
  • March 3: Spotlight on Real Estate Transactions: Commercial and Residential Real Estate
  • March 4: Diversity Job Fairs: The 411
  • March 4: Out of Office Etiquette
  • March 5: Judges Night
  • March 10: Skadden Fellowship Program
  • March 12: Informational reception for all J.D. certificate programs

Employment Opportunities

  • AT&T Legal Department 2015 Diversity Summer Internship for 1Ls: Deadline February 27
  • City of Chicago, Department of Law Summer 2015 Law Clerk Program - Applications due March 1, 2015
  • Illinois Attorney General's Office Summer 2015 Intern Program - Applications due March 1, 2015
  • Judicial Externships: Summer 2015/Fall 2015 - Applications due February 25 (for Summer 2015) and March 19 (for Fall 2015)

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • 2015 1L LCLD Scholars Program
  • 2015 Ms. JD Fellowship - Applications due March 15, 2015
  • Zelle Hoffman 2015 Diversity in Law Scholarship - Applications due April 1, 2015
  • McGuire Woods Diversity Scholarship - Applications due May 29, 2015

Job Fairs

  • Register Now: 2015 Loyola Patent Law Interview Program

Diversity

  • February 25: Twin Cities Diversity in Practice: Dinner at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba
  • March 2-6 Diversity Week
  • March 2: Diversity Week Reception
  • March 4: Diversity Job Fairs: The 411
  • March 4: Out of Office Etiquette
  • March 5: Judges Night
  • The LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program - Registration opens October 15th
  • Zelle Hoffman 2015 Diversity in Law Scholarship - Applications due April 1, 2015
  • McGuire Woods Diversity Scholarship - Applications due May 29, 2015

Resources

  • Career Resources available in Symplicity's "Document Library"

CSO Information & Announcements

New Resource: CareerShift is LIVE at Chicago-Kent!

Chicago-Kent has partnered with CareerShift to help with your job search needs. 

CareerShift is a one-stop search engine that allows users to search and review each and every job posting available (such as those on Monster, Indeed, all other job boards and company websites). 

In addition, users can search for jobs and save your searches, find and save a list of contacts, create resumes and cover letters, and put them together in a targeted e-mail or postal mail campaigns. Then you can track your responses from “Come in for an interview” to “You’re hired.” With CareerShift you can:

  • Search every job listing, including job boards and company websites
  • Get inside contact information immediately, including email addresses, for millions of companies
  • Create and organize all of your documents
  • Confidentially market yourself
  • Remain focused and organized
  • Access your secure, private account from anywhere, anytime, 24/7

Sign up for an account at http://kentlaw.careershift.com and when prompted use access code: kentlawcso

Click on “Tutorials” under the “My Organizer” link to view tutorials on how to use all of the job search resources CareerShift has to offer!

Chicago Bar Association YLS 2015 Law Student Shadow Program

The new YLS Law Student Shadow Program will introduce you to a variety of practice areas and allow you to observe CBA members in their daily practices. Shadow opportunities might include real estate closings, filing complaints and summons, court proceedings, a typical day of practice, and more. 

On the day of the event, we ask that: (1) the law student and attorney/judge meet just before the scheduled event, (2) attend the event together, and (3) discuss the event briefly afterwards. The participating attorney/judge is not expected to begin a mentorship program or offer the law student a position. In addition to being CBA members, both parties will be asked to sign a confidentiality agreement in order to confirm participation in the shadow program.

To see current opportunities, go to the program website atwww.chicagobar.org/ylsshadow (check back frequently as new opportunities are continually be added). To allow as many law students as possible to participate, we ask that you sign up for one shadow opportunity per month.

Questions? Email the Young Lawyers Section at yls@chicagobar.org.

1L Cover Letter Workshop

The 1L Cover Letter Workshop video is now available to view.

All first-year law students should watch this brief video. This workshop includes detailed instructions for how to draft a cover letter. Watch the CSO: 1L Cover Letter Workshop online here.  Sign in to Panopto using your kentlaw username and password.

Mandatory 1L Legal Resume Workshop

The MANDATORY 1L Legal Resume Workshop video is now available to view.

All first-year law students must watch this brief video. This workshop includes detailed instructions for how to draft your legal resume.

First-year law students may begin meeting with a Career Advisor on Wednesday, October 15. Before your first career advising appointment, you must upload a legal resume to Symplicity. Please also bring a copy of your legal resume to your first appointment.

Watch the CSO: 1L Legal Resume Workshop online here.  Sign in to Panopto using your kentlaw username and password.

Lawcountability, J.D. iOS Mobile App Now Available for Download!

LawAccountability, J.D. is now up and running! This service gives  you access to weekly videos that give you step-by-step instructions on how to create significant communications with existing and new contacts, how to engage prospective employers, how to reduce networking anxiety, and, best of all, how to incorporate all of this into your busy schedule. 

If you could use a refresher or missed out on last semester’s videos you can check out the “video archive” for videos that were released in Fall 2014. We hope you take advantage of this incredible resource. 

NEW to Law Accountability is their iPhone app. You can now access the services from the convenience of your iPhone. Search “Lawcountability, J.D. in the Apple app store, or follow this link to get your app today!

Resume Books Now Open!

Spring Resume Books are now available for “opt-in” for all 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls and Recent Graduates (2013 and 2014 classes). Employers will be notified that resume books are available soon thereafter, but because employers may request a resume book at any time (both before and after that date), students are encouraged to opt-in to desired resume books as soon as possible or at any time thereafter. Even if you have secured employment for this Spring, keep in mind that Spring resume books may be used by employers for hiring for Summer 2015.

As a reminder, a Resume Book is exactly what it sounds like, a collection of resumes that can be distributed to employers on request. Our resume books will collect the resumes of students and recent graduates in a particular class (e.g. 2Ls) with similar interests (e.g. immigration law, real estate law, or working in the northern suburbs), and then notify employers who fit those criteria that the books are available for review. These books can also be used when an employer calls up our office looking for a particular type of student to clerk for them (“We are looking for a 3L interested in litigation who has worked as a 711 clerk.”), so that we can respond quickly and efficiently to employer requests (in that case by looking at the 3L Litigation Resume Book for students who have been 711 clerks). For more information about Resume Books, click here.

On-Campus Interview

 

Programming

 

How to Succeed in Your Summer Job: Large Law Firm Panel

Date: Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Location: Room 270

Come hear from a panel of young attorneys at large law firms as well as fellow students who have has summer associate positions at large law firms as they present their tips for summer job success. Panelists will describe what to expect from your position as a summer associate. Topics will include: how to get work and how to turn down assignments, how to manage your time, how to work with support staff, how to handle constructive criticism and edits, and how to make sure that you get the best reviews of your work product this summer.

First Defense Legal Aid: Training for 711 Students

Date: Tuesday, February 24
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Location: Room 370

First Defense Legal Aid (http://www.first-defense.org/) operates a 24 hour hotline where callers can obtain legal representation for people in Chicago police custody. The hotline is manned by volunteer attorneys and 711 licensed law students. During their shifts, volunteers offer civil legal representation to clients held in police custody anywhere in Chicago. Volunteers can expect to gain hands-on experience in civil rights law and navigating interactions with police. 

The training will consist of a one hour presentation on representing clients at police stations and information about applicable law concerning station house defense.

This training to become a 711 volunteer with FDLA will be hosted by the National Lawyers Guild Chicago-Kent chapter, and co-sponsored by the Career Services Office, HLLSA, and ACS.

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Access2Practice Externship Program Informational Meeting

Date: Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Time: Noon
Location: Room 170

On Tuesday, February 24, 2015, at noon in Room 170, Prof. Gross will conduct an informational meeting about legal externships, Summer Access2Practice LEP and Fall 2015 LEP.

Application Process:

Information and application packets for Summer and Fall 2015 are available in the Law Offices reception area (Room 600), in the Career Services Office and on the table by the third-floor elevators.

How To...Linkedln for Job Hunters

Date: Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Time: 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
Location: Chicago Bar Association, 321 South Plymouth Court, Chicago

LinkedIn is not just for staying in touch with colleagues. Did you know you can use LinkedIn's massive database to find your next job? Come to this “How To” presented by the Chicago Bar Association Law Practice Management and Technology Division and learn about this powerful tool so you can get the job you want in 2015.  Click here for more details and to register.

Speaker: Nora Regis, Trainer & Coordinator, CBA Law Practice Management & Technology Division

Twin Cities Diversity in Practice: Dinner at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba

Date: Wednesday, February 25
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba, 2024 N. Halsted St., Chicago, Illinois 60614
Registration Required! REGISTER HERE, by Monday, February 23rd

Diverse law students in the Chicago area are cordially invited to attend a special dinner hosted by Twin Cities Diversity in Practice. This is a great opportunity to meet attorneys from Minnesota law firms and corporations, discover the job opportunities that exist within the Twin Cities legal community, and learn why the Minneapolis-St. Paul area is a great place to live and work.

You may also register/ask questions about this event with Lily Shaw, (612)343-7999 or LShaw@diversityinpractice.org.

CBA YLS February Social

Date: Wednesday, February 25
Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: Ay Chiwowa, 311 W. Chicago Ave

Beat those winter blues and take a break from a hectic week to mingle with the YLS.  Join us along with the Chicago Chapter of Young Professionals in Energy at the February social at Ay Chiwowa from 7-9 p.m. on February 25th!  Conveniently located (311 W Chicago Ave) off the Chicago stop of the Brown Line, Ay Chiwowa is a great place to relax, unwind, and meet up with old friends and colleagues before heading home.  Generously sponsored by Jensen Litigation Solutions.  We hope to see you there!

For more information on Jensen Litigation Solutions, please contact Eddie Reeves at 312-488-4291. Or visitwww.jensenlitgation.com.

Free Webinar!  JDs in Debt: What Law Students Need to Know about Managing Student Loans & Earning Public Service Loan Forgiveness

On Thursday, February 26, 2015 from 2:00 PM - 2:10 PM CST, Equal Justice Works will host a free webinar that explains how students can reduce their monthly student loan payments and qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness.

Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/612669133562267138

Wild, Wild Horses: Equine Law and Welfare Panel

Join the Chicago-Kent Chapter of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund and Brittany Olson and Jenna Letzler of the Hooved Animal Humane Society (HAHS) on Thursday, February 26, 2015 from Noon to 1 p.m. in room 580 for an insightful discussion on hot topics in the law of wild and domestic horses and the important work done by HAHS. Free lunch will be provided! Please RSVP online.

For inquiries, please contact SALDF president Amber Hunt at ahunt5@kentlaw.iit.edu.

#LegalTech and Innovation Talks

Date: Thursday, February 26, 2015
Time: 5:30pm
Location: Auditorium

The event will begin at 5:30pm with networking and kick off the program at 6:00pm. The list of speakers includes:

  • Professor Jerry Goldman, Research Professor of Law and Director of the Oyez Project, Chicago-Kent College of Law -- The Oyez Project has matched Supreme Court oral argument transcripts with audio through machine processing
  • Hanna Kaufman, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Student -- A2J in Action: A Case Study from California -- Hanna will draw on her experiences creating an A2J Guided Interview for the state of California to explore how law students can play a critical role in expanding access to justice while developing the types of skills today's lawyers--in all sectors--need.
  • John Mayer, Executive Director at Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction --  Failed Technology Projects -- "Success has many parents, failure is an orphan.  No one talks about failure--it's embarrassing, but there are so many more lessons to be learned than from only hearing about new and shiny projects (which I can talk about too).  I am going to talk about failed technology projects I have been involved in and ruminate a little bit on why they failed.  I will try to extract the lessons learned (if any) and do this all in 10 minutes.  Confessions from the audience will be solicited."
  • Professor Lori Andrews, Chicago-Kent College of Law -- Digital Peepholes -- Along with recent Chicago-Kent grad Dan Massoglia and legal fellow Michael Holloway, Lori co-authored a policy paper, Digital Peepholes, about the law surrounding the remote activation of webcams by governments, companies, and hackers to spy on people without their knowledge or consent. (Available at www.ckprivacy.org.) In the report, they advocate against law enforcement being able to remotely access people’s webcams, encourage prosecutors to use existing laws to prosecute hackers who activate webcams, and also provide suggestions for new laws. Dan Massoglia has an Atlantic piece based on the report.
  • Brian C. Pike, Michigan State University College of Law, Student -- Design Thinking for Service Industries: How lean methods perfectly fit in deconstructing and measuring what lawyers "do."
  • Kingsley Martin, KMStandards, President & CEO -- Resolve--Automated Contract Review -- A discussion on contract analysis, contract quantification, and emerging technology designed to review one or many contracts, together its impact on the business and practice of law.

 For more information, click here.

Diversity Week – March 2 – 6

Celebrate diversity at Chicago-Kent with a week full of events that highlight the rich and multifaceted backgrounds and experiences of the students , faculty and staff in our community.

March 2: Diversity Week Reception
March 4: Diversity Job Fairs: The 411
March 4: Out of Office Etiquette
March 5: Judges Night

See below for more detail on each event!

Diversity Week Reception

Date: Monday, March 2
Time: 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Location: Front Lobby

Join the Chicago-Kent Alumni Association, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and the Chicago-Kent student body for a kick-off reception in honor of Diversity Week 2015. Network with students and alumni, and celebrate Chicago-Kent's unique legacy of diversity and inclusion.

This event is complimentary for Chicago-Kent alumni and their guests, and beer, wine and heavy appetizers will be served.

Spotlight on Real Estate Transactions: Commercial and Residential Real Estate

Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Time: Noon
Location: Room 355

The Land Use & Real Estate Law Society (LURE) and the Career Services Office invite you to attend a small roundtable discussion regarding real estate transactions.  Come learn from practitioners about a typical residential real estate transaction and a typical commercial real estate transaction. 

The speakers will be:

  • Stephanie Cerf, associate at Gaines & Puljic
  • Jesse Shallcross, associate at K&L Gates
Watch for more information about how to RSVP to attend this event!

Diversity Job Fairs: the 411

Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2014
Time: 3:00pm-4:00pm
Location: Room 211

Please join the Career Services Office and the Chicago-Kent Lambdas for “Diversity Job Fairs: the 411.” Learn about the many diversity job fairs available to Chicago-Kent students, hear from an employer about application, resume and interview tips; and listen to students who have participated in Diversity Job Fairs. The panel features Chicago-Kent alumni and students who have attended diversity job fairs. We will have snacks, courtesy of the Chicago-Kent Lambdas. Please RSVP to kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu.

Out of Office Etiquette

Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Time: 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Location: 10th Floor Morris Hall

As part of Chicago-Kent's Diversity Week, the Black Law Students Association will host a professional etiquette workshop titled "Out of Office Etiquette," from 4:30-5:30 on March 4, 2015. This BLSA event will provide students with tips on being professional at social events outside the office, such as lunches with attorneys and/or clients, happy hours or other networking events.

Hispanic Latino Law Student Association Judge’s Night

Date: March 5, 2015
Time: 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Location: 10th Floor Morris Hall

Join the Hispanic Latino Law Student Association on Thursday, March 5 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. for their annual Judge's Night. Mingle with your fellow Chicago-Kent alumni as well as current students and Hispanic and Latino attorneys from throughout Chicago at a reception honoring Hon. Edward Arce '85 for his contributions to the Latino community and the advancement of Latinos in the legal profession.

The evening begins at 6 p.m. with networking over drinks and heavy hors d'oeuvres followed by a ceremony for Judge Arce at 7:15. This event is complimentary to all guests of the Hispanic Latino Law Student Association.  You can register here!

Skadden Fellowship Program

Date: March 10, 2015
Time: 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Location: Rubloff 140 at Northwestern Law (375 E. Chicago Ave.)

Want to design your dream public interest job for after graduation?  The Skadden Foundation Fellowships allow you to pick the type of work you will do and the organization with which you will do it.  Come hear Susan Plum, who directs the program and the application process, talk about how to win one of these coveted fellowships. Lunch will be served.

3Ls who will be clerking: You may apply for a fellowship to begin after you complete a clerkship

2Ls: If you are considering public interest after graduation, this program is a crucial resource for you

1Ls: Now is a good time to start thinking about fellowships if you plan on working in public interest after graduation.

Please RSVP to mvodenik@kentlaw.iit.edu by Friday, February 27, 2015.

Informational Reception for all J.D. Certificate Programs

Date: Thursday, March 12, 2015
Time: 4:15 - 5:45pm
Location: Morris Hall - 10th Floor

Students interested in Labor and Employment Law, Business Law, Intellectual Property Law, International and Comparative Law, Public Interest Law, Criminal Litigation, Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Environmental and Energy Law, and Praxis Law are invited to attend an Informational Reception on IIT Chicago-Kent's Certificate Programs.

Meet faculty and students in the Certificate programs, gather information, and have a snack!

Employment Opportunities

Please check Chicago-Kent's job posting system ("Symplicity") on a regular basis. Check out Symplicity's general instructions for more information.

AT&T Legal Department 2015 Diversity Summer Internship for 1Ls: Deadline Friday, February 27

AT&T encourages first-year law students to apply for its 2015 Summer 1L Diversity Internship Program.  At AT&T, diversity and inclusion are essential to the company's culture and business success, and candidates should have an active commitment to increasing diversity in the legal profession.  The AT&T Summer Internship Program is designed to provide first year law students with an opportunity to develop both personally and professionally, as well as to gain experience by working in a Fortune 100 corporation's legal department. Interns are paid a competitive salary and are expected to work for up to 10 weeks over the summer.

In terms of practical experience, this program provides invaluable insight into the in-house practice and a well-rounded experience dealing with a variety of issues. In the past, interns were provided exposure to and given assignments in areas including Intellectual Property, Litigation, Regulatory, Interconnection Services, and Labor and Employment.

To apply, students must send a resume, unofficial transcript and writing sample VIA REGULAR US MAIL by Friday, February 27, 2015.  Find more details in Symplicity job posting #19612.

City of Chicago, Department of Law Summer 2015 Law Clerk Program - Applications due March 1, 2015

The City of Chicago Department of Law invites law students to apply for its 2015 Summer Law Clerk Program. Usually, the program begins June 1st and is for a minimum of 10 weeks; however, the start date and duration of a law clerk’s summer will be determined by the law clerk and his/her direct supervisor. The Summer Program is designed to provide current law students with a challenging unpaid clerkship that reflects the demands and rewards of public service, as well as a realistic picture of what it is like to practice law for the City of Chicago. Participants in the Summer Program are not compensated. Some schools may offer students grants or allow for academic credit.

During the Summer Program, the law clerks will be assigned to work in one of the practice divisions in the law department and participate in a wide variety of activities including:

· assisting in trial preparation; attending depositions; observing real estate closings; attending client meetings and court proceedings; researching legal issues; and drafting memoranda, briefs and contracts.

Also, law clerks that have finished their second year of law school and qualify for an Illinois Supreme Court Rule 711 license may represent the City in:

· mandatory tort arbitrations in the Circuit Court of Cook County; disciplinary hearings for the police and labor boards; and labor arbitration.

They may also depose or examine witnesses in trials in state and federal court.

During the summer, the Law Department will host a lecture series that feature speakers addressing legal
issues that affect the City in areas such as environmental and First Amendment law and provides the law clerks with opportunities to meet with City department officials and members of state and federal judiciary.

The Law Department seeks talented, promising individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds. Many of our attorneys are active in civic and professional activities and organizations. The Law Department is committed to increasing opportunities for minorities in the legal profession, and it is proud that its staff reflects the racial, cultural and ethnic diversity of Chicago. The Law Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To apply for the 2015 Summer Law Clerk Program, interested students should submit all application materials as outlined here.

The deadline to apply is March 1, 2015.

Illinois Attorney General's Office Summer 2015 Intern Program - Applications due March 1, 2015

The Illinois Attorney General's Office provides excellent opportunities for law students to improve their skills and knowledge in a wide range of subject areas, including consumer protection, government representation, civil rights, environmental enforcement, antitrust, complex civil litigation, civil and criminal appeals, and criminal law enforcement. Working closely with attorneys in the Chicago, Springfield, or Carbondale office, law clerks investigate facts, review documents, research legal issues, and draft legal memoranda, correspondence, and pleadings. Advanced students who qualify for a 711 license are encouraged to obtain such a license so that they may appear in court under the supervision of an Assistant Attorney General.

For further information, and to download an application form, students should visit the Illinois Attorney General's website.
 
The deadline to apply for summer is March 1, 2015.

Judicial Externships: Summer 2015/Fall 2015 - Applications due February 25 (for Summer 2015) and March 19 (for Fall 2015)

Judicial Externship Program (JEP) is a 4-credit hour Pass/Low Pass/Fail program that enables Kent students to do legal research and writing for federal appellate, district or magistrate judges as well as designated Illinois appellate and circuit court judges included in our participating panel of judges.

Being a judicial extern is a unique and important learning experience which is recognized as a significant achievement by the legal community and will benefit you in pursuing your future career goals.

Judicial externs work with a judge and/or the judge's law clerks researching law, writing memoranda and participating in drafting opinions. Externs also have the opportunity to observe the day-to-day routine of the courtroom. In addition, there is an accompanying classroom component which focuses on various aspects of judicial decision-making, and how those aspects affect the extern's work product.

Application Process

Summer and Fall 2015 Information and Application packets will be available as of Monday, February 9th, in the Law Offices Reception Area (Room 600), in the Career Services Offices, and on the table by the third floor elevators, as well as on line. The information packets will give you complete information about the program and application procedures. In addition, if you have any questions about the program or the application process, contact Prof. Vivien Gross in Room 617. E-mail: vgross@kentlaw.iit.edu.

Completed applications for Summer 2015 must be submitted in hard copy to Carole Ross, Administrative Assistant to Prof. Gross, Room 612, Law Offices, by Wednesday, February 25th, at 5:00 p.m.

Completed applications for Fall 2015 must be submitted in hard copy to Carole Ross, Administrative Assistant to Prof. Gross, Room 612, Law Offices, by Monday, March 19th, at 5:00 p.m.

Fellowships & Scholarships

2015 1L LCLD Scholars Program

The 1L LCLD Scholars Program offers first-year law students from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to spend a summer working side-by-side with attorneys from LCLD Member organizations. Seventy-eight LCLD Member law firms and corporations participated in the 2014 program, collectively offering more than 165 opportunities. Opportunities for 2015 are currently being added by LCLD Members.

LCLD provides several networking opportunities for 1L LCLD Scholars, which include:

  • 1L LCLD Scholars Summit, May 28-30, 2015 in Dallas, TX.
  • 1L LCLD Scholars will have an opportunity to participate in a mock interview with attorneys from LCLD Member law firms.
  • Dedicated LinkedIn group for 1L LCLD Scholars.

Eligibility and Application Process:

  • 1L LCLD Scholar candidates must be enrolled as first-year law students and in good standing at an ABA-approved law school.
  • Candidates must apply directly to their desired LCLD Member firms and corporations; each Member organization will independently identify, select, and hire its 1L LCLD Scholar(s).

The following LCLD Members have available 1L LCLD Diversity Scholar positions available:

Visit http://www.lcldnet.org/programs/1l-scholars/ for more information, including the list of participating LCLD Member law firms and corporations

2015 Ms. JD Fellowship - Applications due March 15, 2015

In 2010, Ms. JD partnered with the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession to create the Ms. JD Fellowship. The Fellowship is Ms. JD's program to promote mentoring and professional development.

Each spring, Ms. JD selects a group of outstanding second year law students as Fellowship recipients. In addition to receiving financial support and invitations to ABA and Ms. JD events, each Fellowship recipient is paired with a mentor chosen from among the Brent Award honorees, Spirit of Excellence Award recipients, and ABA Commission on Women in the Profession Commissioners.  

Are you a 2L? Or know any outstanding 2Ls? Apply to the Ms. JD Fellowship by March 15! More info.

Zelle Hoffman 2015 Diversity in Law Scholarship - Applications due April 1, 2015

Zelle Hofmann is pleased to announce a call for applications for its 2015 Diversity in Law Scholarship.  The keystone of the firm's Diversity Outreach Plan, the Diversity in Law Scholarship was created for law students who either (1) are a member of a population or group whose background and perspectives are historically underrepresented in the private practice of law; or (2) demonstrate a long-standing commitment to diversity that will be furthered by award of the scholarship.

The scholarship awards the selected recipient a total of $30,000 to be applied towards the selected recipient's law school tuition, fees, and text books, with one half of the scholarship paid for the student's second year of law school and one half of the scholarship paid for the student's third year of law school subject to the following: To receive the second installment of the scholarship, the recipient must maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA (or its equivalent) through the student's second year of law school. Depending upon the firm's current needs, the Scholarship recipient may be offered, but is under no obligation to accept, a paid summer clerkship at one of the firm's offices for the summer following the student's first year of law school. The specific location of the potential clerkship will be decided by the firm in consultation with the student and will be based upon both the student's interest and the firm's need. Finally, in order to help ensure the recipient's successful entry into the legal profession, the firm will assign an attorney to mentor the recipient for the student's remaining law school career.

Click here for a copy of the formal scholarship application containing more in-depth information about the scholarship for your reference and dissemination.

Please note that to be considered for the Diversity in Law Scholarship students should complete and submit the application and required documents to Zelle Hofmann by April 1, 2015.  Click here for contact information and respective submission information. 

McGuire Woods Diversity Scholarship - Applications due May 29, 2015

McGuireWoods’ annual Diversity Scholarship Program will award up to eight $5,000 scholarships to diverse current first-year law students with an expected graduation year of 2017, who are committed to contributing to and supporting diversity within the legal profession. Applicants are considered based on their involvement in community activities and diversity related student organizations, personal achievements, and law school and undergraduate academic performance. Consistent with the objective of promoting diversity in legal education and leadership roles in the legal profession, McGuireWoods will also consider additional criteria including, among other factors, whether the applicant is: the first family member to attend college, from an economically disadvantaged family, a member of a group currently underrepresented in law schools and law firms, from a family with little or no legal education or experience, an alumnus of a college or university whose graduates are historically underrepresented in law school, or demonstrating a strong commitment to promoting diversity in his or her undergraduate school, law school and community.

Application Packet Must Include:

  • Completed application form
  • Current resume
  • Undergraduate & first semester law school transcripts (photocopy of official transcript is acceptable)
  • Personal statement (limit of 1,500 words) explaining your commitment to diversity in the legal profession, community involvement and personal achievements. Tell us something that is not on your resume
  • Professional letter of recommendation from an undergraduate or law professor
Completed application packet must be received by MIDNIGHT on May 29, 2015. Scholarships will be awarded by July 2, 2015, paid directly to the law school for tuition and books only. Send materials via U.S. mail, e-mail or fax (preferably email) to: Amy L. Pretty, Attorney Recruiting Manager, McGuireWoods LLP 77 West Wacker Drive, Suite 4100 Chicago, IL 60601-1818 apretty@mcguirewoods.com 312.849.3690 (fax).

Job Fairs

Register Now: 2015 Loyola Patent Law Interview Program

The Loyola Patent Law Interview Program is a two-day interview program held in Chicago each summer that brings together patent law employers and law students from across the country to interview for summer associate positions and post-graduate employment. The 2015 Patent Law Interview Program will be held on Thursday, July 30 & Friday, July 31 at the Embassy Suites Chicago - Downtown/Lakefront at 511 N. Columbus Drive in downtown Chicago.  Each year roughly 1,500 law students register for the program, submit their resumes, and bid on interviews with the nation-wide employers that interest them. The program is entirely employer selected - which means that participating employers review the resumes submitted to them and choose the law students they are interested in interviewing at the program. Roughly half of the students registered for the program are selected for interviews each year. 

Online Student Registration
Student registration is now open.  The student registration site -https://patentlawregistration.luc.edu/lawstudents/Default.aspx – is now open, and student registration will run through Monday, March 9. Late registrations will not be accepted.
 
The student registration form is very simple.  All students need to enter at this point is some basic contact, school, and class year information.  Students at schools that are not paying the registration fee will also need a credit card to pay the $35 registration fee to complete their online registration. 
 
This simple registration is just the first step in participating in the program.  Once the students are registered, they will receive information about how to register in Symplicity, upload their resume and transcript, and bid on interviews.
 
For more information on the program, please refer to the Loyola Patent Program website at: http://www.luc.edu/law/career/patent_students.html

Please direct any questions about the program to the Patent Program Liaison in the Chicago-Kent Career Office (Jeanne Kraft - jkraft@kentlaw.iit.edu).

Diversity

February 25: Twin Cities Diversity in Practice: Dinner at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba
(See above)

March 2-6 Diversity Week
(See above)

March 2: Diversity Week Reception
(See above)

March 4: Diversity Job Fairs: The 411
(See above)

March 4: Out of Office Etiquette
(See above)

March 5: Judges Night
(See above)

The LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program - Registration opens October 15th

Ask any successful attorney: Nothing propels a legal career like having a great mentor. That’s especially true when the mentor is at the top of the legal profession and takes an active, personal interest in the development of the young lawyer he or she is advising. The primary objective of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Success in Law School Mentoring Program is to ensure that talented and diverse students received the mentoring and preparation that they need to maximize their potential in law school and beyond.

The LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program includes two programs: The Individual Mentoring Program (IMP) and the Group Mentoring Program (GMP).

The IMP is a comprehensive initiative for first year law students from diverse backgrounds based on the principals of legal excellence and personal involvement. Each student is matched with an LCLD mentor attorney, who is a leader in the legal profession and taken an active personal interest in the development of the Mentee law student. The goal of the IMP is to ensure that talented law school student receive the mentoring they need to maximize their potential, both during law school and afterward, as they prepare for the bar exam and launch their careers. The sign-up for a LCLD mentor will begin on October 15! For more information visit here.

The GMP allows diverse 1L, 2L, and 3L students to receive advice and support from successful attorneys from the LCLD Member law firms and corporations. GMP events are scheduled during the school year and designed to provide guidance in an information, interactive, and collegial setting. Many GMP events include a networking session and a panel presentation by experienced attorneys about a variety of topics including networking and relationship building, interviewing skills, professionalism, practice area choice, and attorney evaluation. For more information about GMP events, please visit: www.lcldnet.org/GMPevents.

2015 1L LCLD Scholars Program
(See above)

Zelle Hoffman 2015 Diversity in Law Scholarship - Applications due April 1, 2015

McGuire Woods Diversity Scholarship - Applications due May 29, 2015

Resources

CSO Resources

The Chicago-Kent Career Services Office has access to hundreds of helpful career resources. A majority of these resources are available in Symplicity under the red "Resources" tab (in the "Document Library"). Some of these resources include:

  • 2014-2015 Government Honors and Internship Handbook
  • Chicago Area Law Firm List
  • 2013-2014 Guide to Internships & Fellowships in Reproductive Rights & Justice
  • Updated Vermont Guide to State Judicial Clerkships
  • BYU Intercollegiate Job Bank
  • DePaul Law School International Guide and Job Resource
  • Music Attorney Registry
  • Prosecution Handbook
  • Public Defender Handbook               
  • Public Interest Job Search Handbooks
  • Various handouts related to the job search, including “Researching Legal Employers,” “The Out of State Job Search,” “Salary Negotiations” and “Writing Samples”

And many more!

Chicago-Kent students can also access various websites like: Policy Jobs (www.policyjobs.net), Political Jobs (www.politicaljobs.net), Human Rights Jobs (www.humanrightsjobs.com), Ethical Jobs (www.ethicaljobs.net), and Journalist Jobs (www.journalistjobs.net) by using the Login details that can be obtained in the Symplicity "Document Library" (under the Resources tab).

Speak with your Career Advisor today about the various resources available through the Career Services Office!

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